Wire Wrapped Loop Earring

These simple but spectacular wire wrapped earrings will add an exciting pop of color to your wardrobe! The wire wrapping technique takes basic wire loops a step further, adding a small wrapped embellishment to the single beaded dangle that hangs freely from the ear wire. Once the loop is wrapped, it is completely closed and cannot be reopened. The dangle in our design features several beads, but you can easily make these earrings with one single bead instead.

These vibrant earrings were made with Fuchsia and Amethyst Swarovski Elements Crystal beads, antique silver plated pewter heishi spacer beads and silver plated base metal ear wires. If you prefer to use different colors when you make these earrings, feel free to customize the pattern as desired and truly make it your own! Our beginning beading designs are meant to be a springboard for your creativity, so let your imagination go wild!
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Round Nose Pliers

Round nose pliers have smooth, tapered, conical jaws that are used to create loops with wire. The conical nose enables you to shape the wire around it to create perfect circles.

Chain Nose Pliers

Chain nose pliers have smooth, tapered, flat jaws for gripping, bending and manipulating wire. The tapered nose is ideal for reaching small spaces and maneuvering wire with precision.

Wire Cutters

Wire cutters have sharp blades that will cut wire with a close, flush cut. The flat side of the cutters should be closest to where you want to cut. Using the tips of the cutters will help you make a more precise cut.

Beads

These earrings were made with a colorful mix of Swarovski Elements beads and pewter spacers, but you can personalize the earrings with different colors, shapes or materials of your choosing! When choosing alternate beads, be sure to check that the hole is drilled straight through the center of the bead. Beads with off-center holes will not sit correctly on the wire.

Head Pins

Head pins are straight pieces of wire with a flat, round or decorative end. Slide one or more beads onto a head pin. The head keeps the beads from sliding off. Head pins come in different gauges (usually 20-26 gauge) and lengths.

Ear Wires

An ear wire is the wire hook that goes through a pierced earlobe. You can dangle beads, charms, chain and more from ear wires by attaching them to the loop at the bottom of the ear wires. Ear wires are available in an array of precious metals and base metals, and come in a wide variety of shapes and styles.

Step 1

To begin your earrings, string one 10mm amethyst round crystal, a beaded heishi, and one 8mm fuchsia round crystal onto one head pin.

Step 2

Grasp the wire directly above the bead with the tip of the chain nose pliers. The wire wraps will sit in the space between the top of the bead and the loop. Make sure that this space is not too big.

Step 3

Using the tips of the chain nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the bead. With a finger, bend the wire to a 90º angle.

Step 4

You will use round nose pliers to make the loops. When you use round nose pliers, work close to the tips of the pliers to create a small loop. Work close to the handles of the pliers to create a large loop. The diagram gives you an idea of the size of the loop depending on where it is formed on the plier jaws.

Step 5

Using round nose pliers, grasp the shorter end ofthe wire at the bend.

Step 6

Pull the wire around the round nose pliers until it is pointing almost directly down.

Step 7

Open the round nose pliers and pivot them so that one jaw is above the loop, then close the jaws again.

Step 8

Continue pulling the wire around the jaw of the pliers until the loop is complete.

Step 9

To begin wrapping the loop, hold across the loop with chain nose pliers.

Step 10

Hold the open loop with the chain nose pliers, and wrap the short wire around the long wire about three times until it is next to the bead. Position each wire wrap close to the previous wrap. Take it slow until you get the hang of it.

Step 11

If the wraps are not close together or don’t line up neatly underneath the loop, keep practicing. Your wraps should be spaced close together like the ones shown on the right.

Step 12

Cut off the excess wire as close to the bead as possible with the wire cutters. To get the closest cut, the flat part of the wire cutters should be close to the wrapped wire. Also, using the tips of the cutters will help make a more precise cut.

Step 13

Using the chain nose pliers, tuck the wire in so the end doesn’t stick out. Tucking the wire simply means giving the wrap a little squeeze so the end of the wire lays next to the other wraps. You have completed the dangle portion of the earring!

Step 14

Now that the dangle is complete, it is time to put the earring together. Grasp the side of the loop of the ear wire with your chain nose pliers. Open the ear wire by bending one side towards you.

Step 15

Slide the open loop of the ear wire into the loop of the wire wrapped dangle.

Step 16

To close the ear wire, grasp the open side of the ear wire loop with your chain nose pliers and bend it away from you, back into its original position.

Step 17

Your ear wire is now securely attached. You have finished one earring! Repeat steps 1-16 to make the second earring. Congratulations! You have finished your wire wrapped earrings!

 

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